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Clearfield Alliance girls fall short of Calvary Baptist
Friday, February 22, 2013
By Jaclyn Yingling Sports Editor
After losing to Calvary Baptist by 26 and 23 points this year, it would be understandable if the Clearfield Alliance girls basketball team didn't expect too much heading into Thursday night's game.
Turns out that was the last thing they were thinking.
The Lady Crusaders got down early, but fought back, cutting the lead to one point in the fourth quarter, before falling 35-31.
"This is team we lost to by over 20 points the last time we played them," said Clearfield Alliance head coach John Wharton. "I think, and it's only my opinion, but I think they took us lightly tonight.
"The girls played well. They hustled."
Things started off slowly for the Lady Crusaders.
Calvary Baptist broke out to a 12-3 lead after one thanks to six points from Megan Plants.
Clearfield Alliance countered with six points from Wharton and a bucket from Shandi Folmar in the second to close the gap to 15-11 at the half.
"We went down to the playoffs in Milton over the weekend and the girls really hustled the whole time," Coach Wharton said. "I told them to bring that home and play the last two games that way.
"Although we didn't get the win tonight, I thought we had some positive results."
After going down by as many as nine points in the third quarter, the Lady Crusaders rallied to cut the score back to 23-21 on six straight points from Wharton. The senior had 10 points in the third quarter, which saw the Lady Patriots take a 27-21 advantage into the final frame.
Wharton responded with two buckets to start the fourth, trimming the lead to 27-26, but turnovers and some missed buckets came back to haunt CACS late.
"I thought she had an excellent game tonight," said Coach Wharton. "She passed the ball well and looked to get her teammates involved.
"After the first quarter, she started turning it on. If she hit a couple more layups, we are looking at W."
With under a minute to play, Wharton knocked down two foul shots to put the game at 35-31.
That ended up being the final after a last-second shot by Calvary Baptist fell short.
Rachel Passmore had six rebounds for Clearfield Alliance, while Amanda Passmore and Bethany Folmar each had four. Shandi Folmar and Meghan Kumm chipped in with two apiece.
"We had some girls getting rebounds that aren't normally our strongest rebounders," Coach Wharton said. "But they were essentially getting to open spots and were at the right place at the right time."
Plants led Calvary Baptist with 14 points and five rebounds, while Kayla Chambers netted 10 points and six rebounds.
Diana Marshall had eight rebounds, while Amy Frick had six rebounds for the Lady Patriots.
Clearfield Alliance dropped to 9-12 overall. The Lady Crusaders travel to Everett today to face Bedford CIA.

Calvary Baptist-35
Marshall 1 1-4 3, Wolfe 1 0-0 2, Frick 3 0-2 6, Plants 6 2-4 14, Covato 0 0-0 0, Prugh 0 0-0 0, Chambers 5 0-13 10. Totals: 16 3-13 35.
Clearfield Alliance-31
Wharton 8 9-10 28, B. Folmar 0 1-6 1, R. Passmore 0 0-0 0, S. Folmar 1 0-0 2, A. Passmore 0 0-0 0, G. Passmore 0 0-2 0, Kumm 0 0-0 0. Totals: 9 10-18 31.
Three-pointers: Wharton 3.
Score by Quarters
Calvary Baptist      12 3 12   8-35
Clearfield Alliance    3 8 10 10-31
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